Monthly Meetings:

All members are invited to our Monthly Meetings, held at St Patrick's Golf Club, Saul Road, Downpatrick.  We start at 10.30am and usually finish around 12.30.

Each month we have a guest speaker, who will give a talk on a subject of interest and there is always time to ask questions.  There is then an opportunity to have a chat and catch-up with other members over a cup of tea or coffee.  Finally, we have an update on activities and other events which might be of interest to members.  This is also an opportunity to put forward suggestions or ideas for new activities.

Below are the dates for forthcoming meetings and, where speakers have been confirmed, the name of the speaker and the topic they will be covering.

Also listed below are details of some of the speakers we have had over the last couple of years.

If you have any suggestions for speakers who may be of interest to the group, please let us know.

DateSpeaker
3 September 2018Marie Therese Rogers-Moloney - For the sins of my Mother
24 September 2018Members 'Show & Tell'
29 October 2018Martin Carey - Mourne Heritage Trust
26 November 2018Richard Parkinson - Colditz
28 January 2019Leslie Simpson - Traditional Recipes from the Museum Archive
25 February 2019Maria Noble - The History of Black Music
25 March 2019
29 April 2019
20 May 2019Annual General Meeting

We do not normally have a formal meeting in June but instead arrange a social event ahead of the summer break when we do not meet during July & August.  The December meeting is normally replaced with a seasonal lunch earlier in the month.

Previous Meetings:

26 November 2018

Richard Parkinson presented a short history of the 700 room Colditz Castle, once used to house ‘troublesome’ prisoners of war – those officers and men from several different nations who had previously escaped from POW camps or otherwise irritated the German military.

The Germans were keen to keep safe many of these prisoners as they were VIP, the Prominente, and therefore useful for bargaining efforts after the war.  An Ulsterman, Mike Sinclair, known as the Red Fox, was the only prisoner to have been killed: he was known as the greatest escaper of WWII, having escaped 9 times, 7 being from Colditz.  He is buried in Charlottenburg Cemetry in Berlin: the Germans lost their most famous Prominente.

The Castle has changed hands many times and is now a Museum, international Youth Hostel and School of Music.  Publications of all kinds on the history of Colditz are accessible to those who want to find out more.  And the original keys can be viewed in the Ulster Rifles Museum in Waring Street, Belfast.

29 October 2018

Martin Carey, Chief Executive of the Mourne Heritage Trust, gave a very informative presentation detailing the diverse work of the Trust and illustrating same with beautiful slides and videos of the great resource on our doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIST OF PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

2007 
Mike KingDown County Museum - Building
Florence McFarlaneU3A Movement
Cathie McKimmDownpatrick Opera Fringe
Terence BowmanLife & Times at Mourne Observer
Dr CampbellSt PatrickÕs Centre & Life of St Patrick
Eddie McGradyLife of an MP
George RiceHistory of Ardglass
2008
Emma ThorpeNorthern Ireland Screen (Historical Film Clips)
Jim ManlyArtist
Yvette ShapiroJournalist & Broadcaster
Senator Maurice HayesCareer
Professor Ronnie BuchananMerchants and Planters
Albert BairdImpact India
Olive BroderickVoluntary Arts Ireland
2009
John KillenLinenhall Library
Clive ScoularSarah Purser Ð The life of
Pat DevlinGenealogy
Ed KilgoreMourne Mountain Rescue Team
Sean NolanThe Story of ÒMy Lagan LoveÓ
Walter LoveLife and Times
2010
Dr Phillip DonaldWorking in Guinea
Iain DavidsonDown Arts Centre
Clive ScoularDr Hans Sloane
2011
Linda McKennaCrime and Punishment in Co Down 18th & 19th Centuries
Jo WhatmoughA Life in Wildlife Conversation
Howard Goslyn18th & 19th Century Plant Collectors
Helen HoneymanA Tour of Iran
Finbar McCormackHistory and Folklore of Holy Wells
Kevin QuinnA Tour of Ireland Through Poetry
2012
Sarah McCandlessPatient & Client Council
Peter McCannRennaisance Art
Madeleine McAlisterHistory of Underwear
Helen HoneymanTravels in Uzbekistan
Avril Milligan (Rowallane)Herbs
Brian KennedyHistory of Modern Irish Art
Janice HolmesA Social History of Down
David ParkWriting
Michael HealyWaste Not, Want Not
2013
Susie MillarTwo New Pennies Ð Grandfather lost on the Titanic
Julian GreenwoodBirds of County Down
Brian BlackSailing in the Artic Ocean
Raymond & Sheila Crea and Maureen KellyTravels in Vietnam and Cambodia
Avril MilliganSpring Plants
Clive ScoularHenry Blackwood
2014
Stuart PollardU3A Trust
Janet McLeanNational Gallery Celebrating 150 years
Roma TomeltyCareer Highlights
David AndersonHospitality at Hillsborough Castle
Diana GledhillTravels in Kamchatka
Julian GreenwoodBirdlife in South of France
2015
Lisa MallonAlzheimerÕs Society
Tony & Rose MurphyTravels in Isreal
Dot BlakelyWater Birds on Quoille
Dr Brian McElroyChiropratric Treatment
Maria NobleHistory of Black People in the British Isles
Susan PriceNepal
Tony McAuleyWriter & Broadcaster
George BusbySecret Listeners of Gilnahirk
Norman KerrHarry Ferguson
2016
Frank McGreevyCamino Walk
Manson BlairThe Sinking of the Titanic Ð the Alternative Story
Alan DrysdaleArds TT Races
Acting Up Group
Rosemary DohertyFather Dan CUmmings
John HannaConfessions of a Collector
Neil PorteousThe Development of Mount Stewart Garden
Marie MullanThe Geneva Window by Harry Clarke
2017
Catherine McAnallenVolunteering Overseas - Any Granny Can
Ernie WilsonMourne Ramblings
Sandy SmithCS Lewis's links with County Down
Alan BucknallPower to our Children
Ernie CromieUlster Aviation Society
Tim CampbellThe St Patrick Way
Anna LoHer Life & Political Career
2018
Samuel ReidThe Dogs Trust
Norman WeatherallHow we used to shop in Belfast
Simon MaltmanCrime Fiction Writer
Sheena WilkinsonHer life story as an author
Gerry MillerCreating a Memoir
Marie Therese Rogers-MoloneyThe Sins of my Mother
Martin CareyMourne Heritage Trust
Richard ParkinsonColditz